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What Is Zoning?

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Learn more about zoning regulations and how it can affect your property or business.

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What is Zoning?

Zoning regulations govern how land can be used in various geographic areas of San Francisco called "zoning use districts" (also known as "zoning," "zones" or "use districts"). For example, zoning regulations might

  • govern sizes and shapes of buildings.
  • limit the number of units or apartments that can exists on a property.
  • require the accommodation of car parking off of the street
  • set controls on planting street trees under certain circumstances.
  • specify how late a business can remain open at night.

For each use of land (also known as "land uses" or "uses") in any given zone, zoning regulations are specified in detail in a legislative policy document called the "San Francisco Planning Code." For each type of use, the Code specifies it's either: Permitted (P), Conditional (C), or Not Permitted (NP). Therefore knowing the zoning of your property will help you understand what's allowed and what specific limits may apply to your residential or commercial project.

You can view San Francisco's zones on the official Zoning Map and in Section 201 of the San Francisco Planning Code.

Find My Zoning

You can find the zoning use district of your property on our San Francisco Property Information Map by entering your address or Assessor's Lot and Block number and click the "Zoning" tab.

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Once you know the zoning use district of your property, you can reference our useful Permit How-To Guides that summarize regulations and Code controls for many types of residential and commercial projects.

Using the San Francisco Property Information Map

You can find your property's zoning use district, height limits, permit history and much more on the San Francisco Property Information Map (

Planning Districts

The San Francisco Planning Department's innovative, user-friendly property information tool provides a single access point for a variety of useful property data, zoning and project information.  This handy map search tool and wide range of information it makes available, reflects the Department's desire to use technology to provide easier access to information and better customer service. The increased ease of use will enable the public to find what they are searching for and much more, enabling users of the web page to become more informed about individual properties, what is going on in their community, as well as city-wide planning projects.

Among the useful records and resources available for each property:

  • Property Information (including Assessor's Reports and various Maps)
  • Zoning Information of the Property (including Zoning Districts and other Applicable Regulations)
  • Historic Preservation Records of the Property
  • Project History of the Property
  • Building Permit & Other Permit History of the Property
  • Enforcement Complaint Record of the Property

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Last updated: 10/22/2013 5:45:18 PM